Single Song Projects
On occasion we are commissioned to write or collaborate one off 'single song' projects for a variety of reasons ranging from charity singles to competition entries, commissioned songs for musicals or when extra tracks are needed for albums. Below are examples of a variety of songs we have written, collaborated on or produced. Click arrow to play and hover over image for description and video link.
An exercise in writing a contemporary country/pop song with great local singer/songwriter Tamsin Kennard
This was one of those tracks we wrote and produced for a publisher needing 'Jason Aldean' sound-a-likes for a pitch for an artist. Just needed a vocal, and as we had been working with Tom Pepper on some rocky/foo-fighter stuff for him he was happy to give it a go. A little southern twang certainly gave it the vibe we needed.
We were all very happy with this one. A simple commission to write an 'AC/DC' sound-a-like track for a band. We had been working with a lyricist on a couple of songs previously and tasked Jackie Spindley to come up with some lyrics that reflected the genre. Awesome guide vocals from John really brought it to life. To top it all off the track won the UK Songwriting competition when we entered it into the rock category!
'Lewis K', became the persona of mild mannered health insurance man, Simon Kelly, who we got to know through business and it turned out he could sing! We worked for some time on writing and producing tracks for an album that would hopefully get released. Lewis/Simon did get as far as putting a band together and started rehearsing. We both reckoned this title track was one of the best we wrote together. The link shows another track.
A good friend and session sax player, Sean McBride, suggested that we should collaborate with his mate James Hollingsworth, who had recently left JEBO as lead singer and was going solo. This song came out of a writing session and now features on his album, 13 moons and goes down well at his gigs.
We met Guy Johnson of Status Quo co-writer fame at a BASCA dinner here in Bristol and very quickly suggested we should sit down for a writing session to see what would happen. Well this is what happened within a couple of hours...
Jason was a judge at a local talent competition and Julia Barela won. A session at The Song Diner wasn't a prize but at the time we were looking for someone Julia's age to sing a guide vocal on a track we were writing for a musical. Julia was a complete professional and had learnt the melody and harmonies before she turned up to the studio and sang her heart out. A lot of session singers could learn a great deal from Julia!
An all girl rock band had got together starting out with covers but there had come a time when the band wanted to start performing original songs. The band was called 'Pankhurst' so we came up with the completely appropriate 'Emmeline'. Guide vocals were sang by local session singer, Tammy Roylance.